The 3 Bid Process For All Repairs And Purchases: Is That Eventually A Fail For The Client?

Recently we were talking to a lead who stated they need 3 bids for all purchases/repairs over $500. They also mentioned they needed more vendors, because their current vendors can not handle all of the work.

This last week for one location, we were asked for a quote on monitoring, got the run around on the # of panels, then eventually on Friday at 2PM it was revealed multiple fire panels were down, needed communicators, and a fire watch had been in place for several days. We were asked to come out at 2PM on Friday and we declined.

If you require 3 bids for every purchase over $500, at what point do you run out of vendors that are going to keep giving you bids? Do they just keep finding new vendors that still need to learn the hard way they aren't getting the business?

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